Those who know me personally, KNOW I'm a baker. I bake constantly- and that isn't an understatement. One of my most requested frostings is dark chocolate. Today, to celebrate 25,000 views on my blog, I'm giving you all that recipe!!!
A condensed version can be found at the very bottom of this page. ENJOY!! :)
Here goes- melt 1.5 sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter. You can sub in margarine for the butter if you must. Put the melted butter and 1 cup of cocoa powder in the bowl of your mixer. (If you use a hand mixer, be aware this can get messy as it flies all over the place. You've been warned...) Beat on low until it looks like grainy ganache.
Once you get to the grainy ganache phase take the speed up a few notches and whip until it looks like fudge! If you lick it, it'll taste bitter and weird. Don't let your eyes fool you. You aren't to the lick the beaters phase yet. You're getting there though- stay with me.
Now toss in 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on the lowest possible setting so that you don't blow 2 cups of powdered sugar 15 feet in every direction.
It will look like snow covered dirt balls. Congrats, you did it correctly!
Now pour in your ½ cup of milk and mix until it looks like grainy ganache again. This will take a couple minutes.
Add in another 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on suuuuuper slow again. Once it's all incorporated and looking terrible, raise the speed to medium and beat. Eventually (3-4 minutes later) it will look like actual frosting. Stir in your vanilla. You can swap out the vanilla for other flavored extracts too- hazelnut, coconut, orange, and almond all work really really well! From here you can add the other ½ cup of powdered sugar and make it stiffer or omit. If at the end of beating it's too thin, add more powdered sugar a bit at a time. If it's too thick for your need, add a tiny bit of milk at a time until it's where you need it.
NOW you may lick the beaters! I suggest making this when any other human is out of the house or you'll have to share. In my house, 1 gets the bowl, 1 gets the beater, and 1 gets the spatula- I'm usually left out. Then I got smart. I make the best stuff when everyone is asleep or gone. Genius? Yes, I'd like to think so. Or maybe I'm just a chocoholic. The world may never know...